So you know I’m all about the Food and Wine Festivals! They are so much fun and it’s a great place to meet new people. I’ve been to some amazing events at both the Atlantic City Wine and Festival and the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. It’s almost New York City Wine and Food Festival time! Can you believe it’s coming up so quickly?!
The Festival runs from September 29th through October 2, 2011. There are still tickets available to many events, so be sure to get yours before they sell out!
These are the top 5 events (in no particular order) that I think look amazing:
Chef Anne Burrell, host of Food Network’s Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cooks in America, is celebrating the release of her very first publishing endeavor, Cook Like A Rock Star, with an over-the-top bash at Lucky Strike, the most luxurious bowling establishment in the city. All guests will get a free copy of Cook Like A Rock Star while competing for lucious prizes and the right to be crowned the first Rock and Bowl champion. Side bets will be taking place inside Lucky Strike’s vast billiard parlor, while a full bar will help quench your thirst as you pursue spares, strikes, and turkeys. Recipes from Cook Like A Rock Star are the featured food.This night of mingling, snacking, sipping, and bowling is sure to be unforgettable, especially with Anne Burrell as the life of the party!
How much fun does that sound?! It’s sure to be a great time!
Food Network’s favorite married couple The Neelys are excited to welcome patrons to their brand new NYC establishment, Neely’s BBQ Parlor, on the Upper East Side. This spectacular southern family-style Jazz Brunch will feature Memphis-style BBQ favorites like slow roasted half chicken and wet glazed port ribs. This is the first restaurant for Pat & Gina outside of their home base of Tennessee. The Neelys’ Brunch will combine sassiness, cocktails, Jazz, champagne and BBQ into a splendid mid-morning affair.
Who doesn’t love some good BBQ?!
Godiva Chocolatier presents SWEET sponsored by Absolut Vodka and Brancott Estate hosted by Sandra Lee
Now in its fifth year, the event that put the Festival on the map is taking the N train downtown to a new venue for an even SWEETER 2011 experience. Godiva Chocolatier presents SWEET sponsored by Absolut Vodka and Brancott Estate hosted by Sandra Lee has relocated to 82 Mercer, a one-of-a-kind Soho locale where pastry chefs and bakeries from across the city will showcase their most scrumptious desserts. Godiva Senior Chef Chocolatier David Funaro will showcase a new dessert inspired by Godiva’s newest truffle piece Chocolate Éclair from its soon to be launched Ultimate Dessert Truffles Collection. From sultry cupcakes to sexy crème brulee, Sandra Lee, of the hit Food Network show Semi-Homemade Cooking, will bring guests into her nectarous sanctuary filled with sugary sensations, candy creations, caramel clusters and much more at this one and only late night dessert party. Just like the hostess herself, this night is always filled with arousing, decadent creations.
I’m all about the desserts so you know this is right up my alley!
Join Miami favorite, George Stone Crab and Food Network star and host, Claire Robinson, to watch the sun set on the city and the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Seasonal stone crabs, sumptuous sides and delicious cocktails while sitting poolside at The Dream Downtown will have you mistaking the Meatpacking District for Miami.
Stone Crabs and Cocktails?! Yes, please!
Food Network Superstar Guy Fieri wants you to celebrate like your parents are out of town. You’ll need a can of Red Bull for Party in Guy’s Garage: The Festival Closing Party. This night is one part 16 Candles and one part Porky’s mixed with vodka-inspired cocktails, beer trucks, and finger-lickin’ foods to help you rock out way past curfew. The Ronald Reagans 80s Tribute Band will deliver the tunes as clips from some of your favorite movies play in the backdrop of Highline Stages, the newest venue in the Festival’s official home of the Meatpacking District. As with any Guy party, the energy will be intensely electric –making you wish the Festival did not have to come to a close. Casual, funky dress required—torn jeans and t-shirts preferred. So whether you’re an athlete, a basket case, a princess or a geek all are welcome to attend this late-night Breakfast Club.
No explanation needed. This sounds like a blast!